Washington (GGM) Analysis | December 27, 2018
by Noreen Wise
Removing a United States Senator or Congressional Representative from office is referred to as Expulsion. The process for expulsion is outlined at the beginning of the United States Constitution:
U.S. Constitution, Legislative Branch, Article 1, Section 5: …”Each House [of Congress] may determine the rules of its proceedings, punish its members for disorderly behavior, and, with the Concurrence of two-thirds, expel a member.”
So it takes two-thirds of either the Senate or the House to remove one of its members.
The very first Senator to be expelled, was a signer of the United States Constitution, Tennessee Senator William Blount – July 7, 1797. This was less than ten years after the Constitution was adopted. The offense? Treason. John Adams was President.
Thirteen other Senators were expelled in 1861 for supporting the “Confederate rebellion.”
In light of U.S. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis’ resignation letter on Thursday December 20, 2018, one that immediately set off alarm bells all over the world, it’s essential that we as a nation pause to take stalk. Mattis’ letter reads more like a Code-Red “SEVERE” Threat Level warning, than a simple resignation.
In fact, Mattis’ resignation came at the conclusion of a year of SEVERE warnings, conveyed through a litany of book releases by other patriotic military generals, former cabinet secretaries, and acclaimed political writers. Here are a few:
- A Higher Loyalty | Truth, Lies, and Leadership by James Comey
- Facts and Fears | Hard Truths from a Life in Intelligence by James Clapper
- Assault on Intelligence | American National Security in an Age of Lies by Michael Hayden
- FEAR | Trump in the White House by Bob Woodward
- Russian Roulette by David Corn and Michael Isikoff
- Proof of Collusion | How Trump Betrayed America by Seth Abramson
With this many distinguished leaders sounding the alarm, and with the president of the United States going unchecked by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and a few like-minded colleagues, the only course of action available to the extremely concerned American public in the upcoming months is that of knowing that the father of the Constitution, James Madison, provided the American public with an action plan for removing this type of barrier to our sovereignty.
These are extreme times. The writing is on the wall. We’ve been warned over and over and over again. The blue wave arrives on January 3, 2019 and will take control of the House, which brings great peace of mind. However, the Senate still remains in control of the Republican leader Senator Mitch McConnell who has consistently demonstrated his strong loyalty to Donald J. Trump and appears determined to maintain this same course of action in 2019.
With that in mind, knowing what counter moves we have available in the upcoming months, is sure to keep us on course as we proceed forward with removing one of the most severe national security threats our nation has ever faced.